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Seward Announces Coxsackie/athens Budget Awards

At the village hall in Coxsackie, Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-2009 state budget includes, at his request, several senate initiatives for local governments and property taxpayers in Coxsackie and Athens. Seward was joined by local officials from the town, village, library and school district.

May 29, 2008
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Seward: Initiative May Help Solve Local Crime

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) was in Greene County today to announce an innovative program that may help locate missing persons and solve "cold" homicide cases. Seward was joined by Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley and Catskill Police Chief David Darling and a representative of the family of Audrey Herron, missing since 2002.

May 27, 2008
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Helping Our Returning Veterans

New York State is home to about 1.2 million veterans. That’s why we should give soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen the support they should have from a state that is grateful for all they have sacrificed.

The senate has just unveiled a package of legislation that would provide greater benefits and protections to New York’s military personnel.

May 21, 2008
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Seward Lends A Hand With Veterans' Memorial

State Senator James L. Seward today announced a $5,000 senate grant for the Sharon Springs American Legion Post 1269’s monument project to honor local casualties of World War II and the Korean War. Seward announced the funding at Sharon Springs Central School with legion and school officials.

The legion plans to add sections commemorating five SSCS graduates who gave their lives in World War II and the Korean War to the original World War I monument located at the school.

May 18, 2008
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Gov To Sign 'myspace' Predator Bill

Senator James L. Seward praised Gov. David Paterson today for signing legislation Seward cosponsored (S.6875A) that would protect children and teens from sexual predators on the Internet.

"This is about protecting children from cyber predators -- the pond scum that use 'My Space' and ‘FaceBook to befriend young people and then prey on them," Senator Seward said. "I commend the governor for signing legislation I cosponsored that will update our sex offender laws for the Internet age."

May 15, 2008
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Senate Moves To Track Sex Offenders

What could be more important than protecting our children from sex predators? In school, at day care centers, on the Internet -- it doesn’t matter -- we must do all we can to ensure our children’s safety.

That’s why the New York State Senate has passed a package of bills that would make it more difficult for sex offenders to evade tracking by law enforcement and to work in jobs that include substantial contact with children. Here’s a roundup.

May 15, 2008
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Track The Status Of Your Income Tax Refund

If your state or federal income tax returns indicate that you are going to be receiving a tax refund this year, you can check the status of your refund over the internet using a service offered by New York State and the federal government. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) both allow individuals to track the status of their tax refunds online through their respective websites.

May 14, 2008
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Seward Announces Tompkins Budget Awards

At Dryden’s village hall, Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-2009 state budget includes, at his request, senate funding for several initiatives of local importance to the villages of Dryden, Freeville and Groton. Seward unveiled the awards with local officials.

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May 8, 2008
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Senator Seward Fights For Lower Gas Prices

With gasoline prices now approaching $4 per gallon and putting a strain on New York’s hardworking families and small businesses, SenatorSeward announced the Senatehas approvedlegislation to provide much needed relief at the gas pump by suspending New York State’s gasoline taxes during the summer travel season.

May 7, 2008
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Senate Launches “Accountability In Government Spending” Plan

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the Senate Majority Conference today launched its "Accountability in Government Spending" plan, a major initiative designed to save taxpayer money, reduce government waste and unnecessary spending, and ensure greater openness and accountability throughout State government. As efforts increase to reduce State spending, these measures would provide a much more detailed accounting of how State government actually spends tax dollars.

May 7, 2008
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Seward Bill Will Help Emts

Local emergency medical technicians will be able to respond to accident scenes and save more lives under legislation passed by the senate and inspired by an EMS squad in the 51st district, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services, said the state senate has approved S. 3027, which allows EMTs to carry automatic external defibrillators (AED) in their personal vehicles.

May 4, 2008
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Saving Gas This Summer

As motorists tighten their belts to beat the high cost of fuel, government should cut back too. I have proposed rolling back the tax on gas to relieve some of the pressure on motorists’ wallets.

May 1, 2008
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Seward Lists Local School Tax Checks

 Senator James L. Seward today released details of the property tax relief rebate checks that will be sent to area homeowners this fall. The checks are the centerpiece of the senate's effort to provide direct to the taxpayer real property tax relief to homeowners this year.

"While the STAR program continues to be a help in reducing the cost of school taxes to property owners, in some cases its value is limited by reassessments and higher school taxes," Seward said.

April 30, 2008
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Land Trust Steps Up The Pace Of Land Protection With Lta Award

A $51,000 grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program announced April16 puts Otsego Land Trust on a fast track to protect more working landscapes, wildlife habitatand open space than ever before in 2008. The program is funded through an appropriation

April 27, 2008
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Seward Announces Funding For Fermer Precision

More jobs at a Herkimer County manufacturing company will result from an award announced today by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) at Fermer Precision in Ilion. Seward today announced that the 2008-09 state budget includes $300,000 for state-of-the-art, ultra-high precision, milling/turning machinery. The funding will help retain 25-30 workers and pave the way from an additional 10-15 jobs over the next year or so. The state award complements local investment.

April 20, 2008
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Remington To Add Jobs, Grow In Ny

"We are getting results for the people of this area. I am pleased to join the governor, ESDC, Remington Arms and Herkimer County in announcing new manufacturing jobs for the Mohawk Valley at a great company that has served sportsmen and the law enforcement community for two centuries," State Senator James L. Seward said today in unveiling a $1.5 million senate capital grant that will facilitate new job creation at Remington Arms in Ilion.

April 20, 2008
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Budget Helps Our Farms

Agriculture continues to be New York’s number one industry, and there are many innovative opportunities in agriculture that will revitalize our economy. About 25 percent of the state’s land area, or 7.5 million acres, is covered by 35,000 farms. New York is among America’s major agricultural states, ranking number 2 in apples and maple syrup, number 3 in dairy, grapes, wine and corn silage, number 4 in pears, and number 5 in floriculture.

April 17, 2008
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Budget Helps Flood Prevention Efforts-canadarago Lake To Benefit

The new state budget will help address flood control and water pollution in the upper Susquehanna River area, including Otsego, Chenango, Delaware and Herkimer Counties, Senator James L. Seward said today. The funding will help local efforts to address flooding at Canadarago Lake.

April 15, 2008
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Seward Unveils Senate Grant For Danby F.d. Building Project

The Danby Fire Department is in line for a $15,000 senate grant for its construction project, Senator James L. Seward said. Seward announced the award at the fire department's fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca on Saturday, April 12, where he met with the department's officers, supporters, residents, and constituents.

April 13, 2008
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Budget Spends Less, Spends Better

The state legislature wrapped up the state budget on April 9 -- nine days after the start of the new fiscal year. We were faced with some extraordinary challenges, like a change in governors just before the start of the new fiscal year. We lost several days when governors came and went, the transition, questions about the new governor's marital life. Given all that, the budget got done in relatively short order.

April 10, 2008
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